It’s hard to imagine today, but this beautiful walled city on the western border of Northern Ireland has a turbulent story behind it. Derry’s role in the Wars of the Three Kingdoms, the Irish War of Independence and the Troubles is marked across the city in the form of street murals, ancient fortifications and the iconic Peace Bridge which stretches over the River Foyle – connecting the two divided sides. The Tower Museum is the ideal spot for learning about the area’s history, complete with a bird’s eye view of where it all took place. Step even further back into time just seven miles northwest of Derry, where you’ll find the hilltop fort Grianan of Aileach – one of Gaelic Ireland’s royal sites. Explore the city’s burgeoning live music scene by taking a stroll around the centre of town, which is awash with lively riverside pubs and bars.

Located along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, Galway is a medley of bright, painterly shops, heady live music venues and quirky eateries – making it the perfect spot for a weekend getaway. The city, often referred to as Ireland’s cultural beating heart, is a hub of activity crammed full of innovative art, theatre and stand-up comedy. In fact, its much-applauded creativity has seen it named the European Capital of Culture for 2020. Best appreciated on foot, the city’s network of cobbled streets are a joy to explore for all ages - where you can while away the day listening to traditional folk music, sampling the area’s famous fresh oysters at the local restaurants, and partying up a storm at the famous Latin Quarter.

Ireland's county of Waterford shares its name with the country's oldest city, a Viking settlement steeped in history. Whether it's the awe-inspiring Mahon Falls, or the pristine Tramore Beach, much of the area's scenery remains untouched since its inception. So as you wander around this idyllic coastal setting, you'll stumble across fascinating relics, rugged landscapes and unspoiled beauty right at your feet.

A stone's throw from the Dublin capital, Kildare not only holds a traditional Irish charm, it's also home to a thriving cultural scene. Wandering amongst its intertwining canal network, discover the magic of the Japanese Gardens, or experience a bygone era at the Lullymore Heritage Park. If you can fit in a round of golf, Kildare is home to the Republic of Ireland's oldest course - the game has been played at The Curragh since 1852.

A traditional streetscape that's remained relatively untouched since the 18th century, Lisburn sits just southwest of Belfast, nestled along the river Lagan. Now a hub of speciality coffee shops, home bakeries and traditional pubs, this city's car-free centre was once bustling with a large scale production line, turning out pristine fabrics for the finest European courts. Between whiling away your afternoon in the city's parks and castle grounds, head to the Irish Linen Centre to learn all about this idyllic setting's place in history.

Situated on the doorstep of Killarney National Park and the waters of Lough Leane, the city of Killarney has become a hub for sporting enthusiasts. Hire a boat, take off on a bike or join a tour through the Gap of Dunloe, a stunning alpine pass between MacGillycuddy's Reeks and the Purple Mountain.

County Clare is home to one of Ireland's most popular attractions, the magnificent Cliffs of Moher. Enjoy a walk along the breathtaking clifftop path or head inland to hike the limestone landscape of the Burren National Park.

With Ireland's 10 highest peaks, a national park full of ancient trees and the spectacular Dingle Peninsula all within its boundaries, County Kerry is a green paradise in southwest Ireland.

Found at the northwesternmost tip of Ireland, the ruggedly beautiful land of County Donegal is a walker's paradise. For those seeking a true adventure, this is the perfect place to start the stunning Wild Atlantic Way, a road that stretches along the untamed west coast of the country.

Set in a picturesque bay full of bobbing yachts, the historic port of Kinsale is the gourmet centre of the southwest. Be sure to discover the 17th Century star-shaped Charles Fort nearby.

The lively city of Cork boasts a fantastic food scene, quirky boutiques and a cultural calendar to match even Dublin. Make sure to pay a visit to the famous English Market, a historic covered bazaar full of artisan produce and local specialties that has even been visited by the Queen.

The great Irish capital needs little introduction. Experience the warmth of Dublin by frequenting the picturesque pubs of Temple Bar, learn its history in the Kilmainham Gaol and taste its lifeblood at the Guinness Storehouse.

Despite its small size, this city really packs a punch. Wander down the quaint 'Medieval Mile' of historic buildings, explore Kilkenny Castle and drop in for a pint at Kyteler's Inn, one of the oldest pubs in Ireland.

Named Ireland's first ever National City of Culture in 2014, Limerick is a vibrant city full of buzzing cafés, art museums and the spectacular King John's Castle.

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